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The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Argentina ( Cable )

26. Your despatch 261 April 7 last and previous correspondence. Electric Boat Company states that Señor Ribero its representative in Buenos Aires reports that the submarine contract is about to be awarded to Italian firm. Department understood that the matter had been definitely decided in favor of construction by Electric Boat Company under American patents in France and still hopes that such is the case. Please make informal inquiry of appropriate authorities expressing Department’s continued interest. Cable exact status.